Tributes as popular prop heads home

Ntsikayomzi Daka in his final home game against Yarnbury.
Ntsikayomzi Daka in his final home game against Yarnbury.

South African forward Ntsikayomzi Daka has returned to his home country this week, after making a big impression during his time at Bridlington RUFC.

His second six-month spell at Dukes Park has come to an end, but he couldn’t manage to sign off in style, as the first team went down to defeat at York in his final appearance on Saturday.

Energetic off the field, as well as on it, the club made a presentation to DK, as he is known, following his farewell match at the weekend.

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking said: “What a guy. He has been fantastic.

“I have enjoyed working with him and I think we have improved him and he has improved our team.

“He arrived last year and once he had settled in, he was brilliant.

“We brought him back as a tight head prop this season and again he has been one of our best players.

“DK has been a joy to work with. He has had a knee injury but has just got on with it and has been a credit to himself and the club.

“He is a very popular lad and has helped out around the club for us.

“Although we are sorry to see him go, I think a lot of forwards in Yorkshire One who have tried to tackle him will be glad to see his name won’t be on our teamsheet any more.”

He made a huge improvement during his time in East Yorkshire, and as his fitness improved he created gaps in the opposition defence with his trademark, penetrative runs into packs.

An almost ever-present, the club admits replacing him will be a very difficult task.

But DK played his part in solving that problem as he was instrumental in finding a short-term replacement, in the form of his South African friend Siphesihle Ngubane, known as CJ, who has come over to replace him short term, until the end of the season on a three-month tour.